An Australian government minister who last week interacted with U.S. Attorney General William Barr, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway and White House adviser Ivanka Trump announced Friday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
“This morning I woke up with a temperature and sore throat. I immediately contacted the Queensland Department of Health and was subsequently tested for COVID-19. I was advised by Queensland Health this afternoon that the test had returned positive,” Peter Dutton, Australias Minister for Home Affairs, said in a statement.
“It is the policy of Queensland Health that anyone who tests positive is to be admitted into hospital and I have complied with their advice. I feel fine and will provide an update in due course,” Dutton said.
Duttons statement comes after he traveled to Washington and met last Thursday with Barr, Conway and Ivanka Trump — as well as representatives of the “Five Eyes” international intelligence alliance — to discuss efforts to combat online child exploitation.
The revelation from the high-ranking foreign official represents the latest example of the coronavirus infecting the upper echelons of governments around the world, and opens President Donald Trump to another avenue of potential exposure to the fast-spreading disease.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaros press secretary, Fabio Wajngarten, reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus after having met and dined with Trump during the Brazilian delegations visit to his Mar-a Lago resort last weekend.
Brazilian media outlets reported that Bolsonaro is currently being monitored and tested for coronavirus, but Trump